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Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

228 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1739
+1 207-288-8186
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Sunset climb

This was my 1st climb outside of the climbing gym. What an experience! I have only been climbing a... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2017
Artie P
Atlanta, Georgia
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Amazing! Not as scary as it looks - highlight of the trip!

Not nearly as hard or scary as it might look. Just back from a half day with our guide Zach who... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2017
United States
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A tradition of excellence. Featured in Outside Magazine, the Boston Globe, Downeast Magazine, National Geographic Adventure and on Bill Green's Maine, CBS, Maine PBS among many others. Experience a half-day or full day climb with Maine’s original and most respected climbing school. Acadia Mountain Guides is one of the most sought out leaders of climbing instruction and guide education in the US. We specialize in designing unique, personalized climbing experiences for all ages and abilities on the scenic shores of Acadia and throughout Maine! Join us for a healthy and fun activity that is guaranteed to be a highlight of your vacation.All equipment is provided. Unlike other local seasonal climbing services, guiding is our profession! We guide year round on rock, snow, and ice. 100% of our staff are independently trained and certified above national guiding and medical standards set by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. AMGCS has the distinction of being the only school in Maine to be dually accredited by both the AMGA and the PCIA. AMG has been under the same consistent ownership since opening in 1993. The owner, Jon Tierney, began guiding in 1983 in Acadia and is one of a handful of Americans to earn the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) guide license. The IFMGA license is the PhD of guiding and requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide. We look forward to meeting you on the rocks!
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228 Main St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1739
+1 207-288-8186
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Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

This was my 1st climb outside of the climbing gym. What an experience! I have only been climbing a few months. Climbing on granite walls over the ocean was both exhilarating and a little scary and Zach's professionalism and encouragement were perfect to put me...More

Thank Artie P
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Not nearly as hard or scary as it might look. Just back from a half day with our guide Zach who took us climbing on the sea cliffs in Acadia. What an incredible experience! Zach was terrific with our distractible elementary schooler - and his...More

Thank LucyGio
Reviewed August 27, 2017

My husband booked a half day climb for our family of 4 (kids 8 and 10) with limited indoor climbing experience. When we arrived at Otter Cliff I nearly went running for the car but Paddy is an absolute pro. He is highly skilled and...More

Thank axrobertson
Reviewed August 27, 2017

We just returned from our Acadia National Park family vacation. We booked a half day family rock climbing experience with Savannah and it was amazing!!! This was the first true climb for each of us.We each had different physical capabilities during the climbs and some...More

Thank Aundrea H
Reviewed August 25, 2017

We wanted to allow our 14yo son to have the experience of climbing at Acadia during our week visit to Bar Harbor. Neither of us are climbers, but he has been doing indoor climbing for a number of years at a local climbing gym back...More

Thank tiffrows
Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

Christian was our guide. He was super knowledgeable and made all of us (all first time climbers) feel comfortable and safe. We were in good hands. It was exhilarating and we all succeeded. Thanks, Christian for a wonderful experience. Lisa and Melanie from Middletown, NJ.

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

We had Zack as a guide and he did a fantastic job teaching our family of 5 how to climb. We all made it to the top of the climb areas he set up - even our 6 year old! He made it fun, and...More

Thank 302Degs
Reviewed August 23, 2017

We had a great time as novice rock climbers out on Otter Cliffs, led by our guide, Christian. He was great - confident, and very helpful, with a soothing persona that got us through tough climbs. Spectacular scenery, starting out with a sunny midday shine...More

Thank ssaxenian
Reviewed August 23, 2017

My daughter and her friend booked a half day climb with Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School. So pleased to get Christian as their guide. Christian was excellent--super professional, courteous, efficient, and upbeat. He assessed their background, fitness, and confidence and used the afternoon well so...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

We had a lot of fun while visiting Bar Harbor/Acadia Park. But our rock climbing experience with Paddy at Acadia Mountain Guides was the highlight! Our half day family rock climbing was awesome! Our 8 and 10 year old kids (limited rock climbing experience) had...More

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June 24, 2015|
Response from AMGCS | Property representative |
Acadia Mountain Guides is pleased to announce that, effective 6/1/2017, we are once again taking climbers of all ages climbing. We welcome families with young children to get the out on the rocks regardless of age.
Dani C
March 10, 2015|
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Response from AMGCS | Property representative |
Hi Dani Karen has pointed you in the right direction! A half day if 4 hours (8am-noon or 1pm-5pm) and a full day is 7-8 hours and normally begin around 9:00AM. These programs would be with you, your partner, and the... More